Austal USA delivers 17th littoral combat ship to be based in San Diego

The future USS Santa Barbara is a futuristic trimaran warship that will be based in San Diego after commissioning.

The ship is 418 feet long, armed with cannons, missiles and helicopters, and can reach speeds of over 50 mph.

While the Navy wants to decommission some of the East Coast-based Freedom-class monohull littoral ships, the San Diego ships are unaffected.

Austal’s shipyard is in Mobile, AL, but the Australian company recently secured long-term leases for a 15-acre ship repair facility adjacent to Naval Base San Diego.

The company is currently building three more littoral ships, with the just-launched USS Augusta and the future USS Kingsville and USS Pierre under construction.

Also contracted for the navy are expeditionary fast transports and Navajo-class tow, salvage and salvage vessels, as well as a new floating drydock.

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